Might the Polestar 2 EV go rear-wheel drive?


The Polestar 2 electrical liftback could possibly be about to comply with within the wheel tracks of the top-selling Tesla Mannequin 3 and go rear-wheel drive.

Polestar co-parent firm Volvo lately introduced single-motor variants of its XC40 and C40 Recharge electrical crossovers are switching from front-wheel drive to rear-wheel drive as a part of a 2024 mannequin yr replace.

Because the Polestar 2 is predicated on the identical CMA structure because the Volvo XC40 and C40 Recharge and made in the identical Chinese language manufacturing unit, it’s not out of the query that it, too, might swap to rear-wheel drive.

Whereas the corporate would neither verify nor deny single-motor variants of the Polestar 2 are going rear-wheel drive, CarExpert understands a 2024 mannequin yr replace is on the horizon.

“Polestar and Volvo Vehicles are two separate firms and don’t essentially comply with the identical timing or specs on product updates,” stated a Polestar Australia spokesperson.

A variety of rivals to the single-motor Polestar 2 are already rear-wheel drive-based, together with the Tesla Mannequin 3, Kia EV6, Hyundai Ioniq 6, and BMW i4.

It’s unclear at this stage what the 2024 mannequin yr replace to the Polestar 2 will deliver, however the Volvo XC40 and C40 Recharge additionally acquired a rejigged dual-motor choice, extra claimed vary and tweaked exterior styling.

The Polestar 2 was the fourth top-selling electrical automobile (EV) in Australia final yr with 1524 examples offered. It was outsold by the Tesla Mannequin 3 (10,877 gross sales), Tesla Mannequin Y (8717 gross sales), and BYD Atto 3 (2113 gross sales).

The recently-floated Polestar as an organization estimates it offered 51,500 automobiles final yr, up 80 per cent year-on-year and buoyed by a sizeable fourth-quarter supply determine of 21,000 automobiles.

It expects to extend gross sales to 80,000 items in 2023 as gross sales of its entry-level Polestar 2 develop and it data its first deliveries of the Polestar 3 SUV.

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